For the second time in 4-months in Connecticut, a neglected painting hanging in a basement or summer cottage was discovered, the latest example a Renaissance depiction of Madonna and Child ascribed to Giovanni Battisto that went for $184,000 over the weekend at Fairfield Auctions in Monroe, Ct.
In May, a Jasper Cropsey winter scene, in a basement for 30-years, sold for $550,000. The Battisto had been in the shoreline retreat for nearly a half century. The auction house widely publicized the sale and attracted bids came from Europe and an American museum. The undisclosed buyer was a collector in the sales room. Battisto—also known as Sassoferrato—has work displayed in The Met and the Louvre.
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